John Wayland is famous for racing his electric 1972 Datsun 1200 coupe called White Zombie. The Datsun is powered by 355 volts of siamesed 9-inch electric motors and lithium-ion batteries. John’s best in White Zombie is a 10.258 second quarter-mile at 123.79 mph a 0-60 mph time of 1.8 seconds.
John is now working on his next electric race car called Black Zombie. It will be based on a 1968 Mustang Fastback. The Mustang originally housed a 289ci V8 but will now have two 11-inch electric motors, two Zilla controllers, a Gear Vendors overdrive unit, and a 40 kWh Kokam battery pack. This combination will give the Mustang 750 horsepower, 1,800 lb-ft of torque, and 120 miles of range. The electric drivetrain will add 600 pounds to the Mustang’s weight. Their initial goals for the Mustang are 10 second quarter-miles and 0-60 mph in three seconds.
The Mustang will be a balance between sheer performance and driving range. The great thing about an electric setup is you can extend either. John plans on borrowing a 1.5 mW battery pack from Don Garlits’ EV dragster. With this extra juice the Mustang will have around 1,500 horsepower.
John is planning on using the electric Mustang as the first project for his new company Bloodshed Motors, which specializes in converting classic muscle cars to run on electricity. John will partner with Mitch Medford a tech CEO and muscle car enthusiast from Austin, Texas. Mitch claims the car will be targeted to people who enjoy their Tesla but want the look of classic American steel.
After their first run of limited edition electric Mustangs, Bloodshed Motors plan on releasing a run of classic Camaros. If you are interested in one of these they will not come cheap. Mitch estimates an electric classic will run you around $200K-$250K and this includes the base muscle car. If you want to save some bucks you can bring your own.
At some point Bloodshed Motors will start releasing the components and a kit for the DIY crowd to convert your own car to electricity.
Source: Hemmings Blog and photos by Mitch Medford and Steve Berry